In The Mail

Thursday, March 26, 2020

Questions for bureaucrats who have shut us down


In these difficult times, our local and state governments are demanding we put our lives on a total shutdown. We are being prohibited from making money, we can’t operate our businesses because our citizens can’t go to work, as the bureaucracy has said we aren’t allowed to. We are being forced to wait on $1,200 from the U.S. government, and Democrats in Congress have demanded $200 million for the Kennedy Center and the endowment for the arts — nothing to do with our crisis!

So, with that in mind, our hard-working citizens are going flat broke out here due to draconian measures you have bestowed on home and business owners. They all have mortgage notes due with no income or salary from their businesses or employment, so they may have to shutter. Homeowners have notes coming due as well, but can’t go to work. Bureaucrats have stoked long-term uncertainty and fear in travelers by insisting on Yellowstone shut down, so tourism industries are going to continue to collapse.

So the question looms:

There is a desperate need for immediate relief for business and property owners. Will local governments eliminate the May 31 property tax payment due? This will give us immediate temporary breathing space in the short term. 

Will our local bureaucracy making these devastating decisions forego of their salaries during these trying times? This question should be asked all the way up the government chain of command, local, state and federal. Are you going to cut your pay as you have forced us?

So before you start to ask us to sacrifice even more, are you going to drag yourselves up to our lick log and join us in financial ruin?

Kim Kaiser



Kristen Juras embodies ethics, principles Park County treasures


As our next lieutenant governor, Kristen Juras will bring an unparalleled level of education, experience and commitment to the office.

Raised on her family’s ranch near Conrad, Montana, Juras is a fourth-generation Montanan with a strong agricultural background. She understands the challenges and struggles Montana’s rural communities face because she has lived those same challenges and struggles. In addition to growing up and working in rural Montana, Juras has dedicated the last 38 years of her life to working with Montana farmers, ranchers and small business owners. Offering her legal expertise in the areas of water, property, agriculture and business law, she has helped her fellow Montanans navigate some of the same challenges she herself experienced growing up.

Beyond her role as an attorney, Juras is also an exceptional educator. For many years, Juras has taught courses in agriculture, property, contract, business, estate planning, and tax law at the University of Montana law school. As a former student, I personally witnessed her extensive and broad knowledge of the law, her dedication as an educator, and her deep love for the people of our state.

Juras has a special place in her heart for rural Montana. Whether through her work in the community, or by providing pro bono legal services, she works tirelessly to advance the circumstances of others. Juras is a woman of character and integrity, and is the epitome of what it means to be a Montanan. She is an outstanding professional and human being.

Growing up in Paradise Valley, I can say that Kristen Juras embodies many of the ethics and principles that Park County treasures. She will act as a powerful and compassionate voice for all of Montana as our next lieutenant governor.

Rachel Kinkie Meredith



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